Choosing the right cat for you
Having a new animal in your house can be a happy time, cats in particular can bring much needed comfort, entertainment and happiness particularly during these dark days which we live in. Choosing the right cat for you can be quite daunting, considering the many breeds that there are.
Fortunately, there are many books that give comprehensive details on the personality types of the various different breeds and while they are a generalisation, they are also quite accurate in most cases and can help you make the right decision more often than not.
Some breeds require a lot more attention than others, and you also need to look at your stage of life and determine how much time you will have to devote to your cat.
Some breeds will always be more suitable than others when taking into account the term of their lifespan, which can be up to 20 years in some cases.
Your decision might also be based on how long you intend to look after a cat, and you might decide that getting an older cat from an animal shelter rather than a kitten might be a better decision.
There are certainly a lot to choose from as animal shelters are generally overflowing with unwanted pets, just waiting for a home.
When choosing your cat, see how it interacts with you right from the outset, as even in one litter there will always be a personality that stands out and shows that it wants you to be its owner.
More often than not the kitten will choose you, rather than the other way around.
Healthy cat care
Once you have your cat making sure your cat is healthy is vital. You can help your cat remain a lot healthier and happier by doing many of the things that can improve their overall condition.
Cats spend a lot of their time washing, grooming their fur with their tongue, and ensuring that their claws remain in good shape by scratching trees and other objects, including your good furniture.
By eating meat and poultry and tearing the food off, they help to keep their teeth clean, but there are many things that you can do to help your cat stay in better condition for longer.
Cats should be brushed or combed every day as they are constantly shedding hair and much of that will end up in the digestive system causing fur balls that can lead to constipation or vomiting.
By removing much of this excess fur, you reduce a lot of problems that this can cause. Using a brush also gives the skin a light massage which helps to maintain good condition.
If the hair is not kept well brushed on a regular basis it can become matted and create uncomfortable knotted balls of fur that need to be cut out.
Regular maintenance is a lot simpler and easier solution and one of the benefits of combing and brushing a cat is it will reduce your stress levels considerably.
So, both you and your cat benefit from this action.
For cats that are unable to get outside as often as necessary you should provide them with a scratching pole so they can maintain the condition of their claws.
You can also assist by clipping them on a regular basis using the proper clippers that are available through pet stores.
Check regularly for fleas when brushing and combing and also look for mites that can get into their ears and be very uncomfortable.
If there are fleets it will be necessary to get treatment from the vet.